November 2014

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Edronda Guiriba
AFWA Silicon Valley Chapter Newsletter Chair

There are some exciting events coming up with AFWA Silicon Valley for the holiday season and I just wanted to point out some key items. You will find more details in this month's newsletter:
  • Our November guest speaker is fellow AFWA member Monika Miles. Monika Miles did a presentation on Public Speaking at the Annual Conference this year in New Orleans. She did a great job pointing out common public speaking mistakes and also covered great tips. We all know we can always improve on our public speaking skills. If her presentation is similar to the one I was able to sit in on at the conference (and if we are lucky), we will get to see lots of pictures of her lovable boxer!
  • Our Holiday Party is scheduled for December 9th at Board President Nicole Letellier's home - remember, no membership meeting in December! We will also be hosting a food drive to support the Second Harvest Food Bank. If you are not able to make it to the holiday party, but have canned food to donate, you can bring your food donations to the November membership meeting, contact any board member or send an email to and we will be happy to pick up your canned food donations.
  • Time to be thankful and give back. It's near year-end (time flies!) and you might be thinking of deductions and tax breaks to help with your 2014 tax filings. Donations to our scholarship fund are tax-deductible! Don't forget to show your support and appreciation of AFWA by donating to your local chapter, Silicon Valley. Of course we take donations year-round, but we are happy to take donations before the end of the year to help lessen your tax burden. 

To donate, click here.


 Date: 11/25/2014
 Doors Open: 6:00pm 
 Location: Biltmore Hotel 
  2151 Laurelwood Road 
  Santa Clara, CA 95054 
 Presentation: "Public Speaking" by "Monika Miles"
   Cost:Day of Event at the Door 
  $40 members 
  $50 guests 
Discount rate, register and pay using Paypal here 
  $35 members 
  $45 guests 

Monika Miles 
Public Speaking

Most people dread public speaking. Yet in careers in accounting and finance, there will be at least one occasion when we will need to present either to small groups, including clients and colleagues,  or to much larger groups including board presentations or for presenting technical CPE topics.

Former past president, not only on the AFWA local level but also on the national level, Monika Miles, will be sharing tips for presenting to small groups and will also cover how to prepare for larger group settings, while coming across as confident, sincere and knowledgeable.


Register early! 

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Join us for our annual holiday party!

Tuesday December 9th, 2013
6:30-9:00 pm
1087 Roy Ave 
San Jose, CA 95125
Catered dinner from The Pasta Market

Funds in excess of dinner fees, taxes and gratuity will be donated to the AFWA Silicon Valley Scholarship fund.

  Online Reservation link will be available on our 
website soon.
  Food Drive:AFWA Silicon Valley will be collecting non-perishable food items at our annual holiday party to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Here is some info if you would like to donate:

Most-Needed Foods

The Food Bank accepts all non-perishable food donations, but especially needs these nutritious items:

    • Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup)
    • Tuna and canned meat
    • Peanut butter
    • Canned foods with pop-top lids
    • Low-sugar cereals
    • 100% fruit juices in single serving boxes
    • Canned fruit packed in juice
    • Canned vegetables (low salt)

Please avoid donating items packaged in glass.

White Elephant:
We will be having a White Elephant Gift Exchange, so bring a wrapped gift to participate! (with a value no more than $15)



- October Membership Meeting Recap -
Giving Thanks...A Celebration of Food, Family, Friends, and Blessings
7 Powerful Public Speaking Tips From One of the Most-Watched TED Talks Speakers

Leadership Advice From Four Top Female Executives

- AFWA Annual Conference -

Nicole Letellier

AFWA - Silicon Valley Chapter President

It is November and this is the month to be thankful. Personally, I am thankful for just about everything in my life! I am thankful for the people in my life, my family, my friends, my co-workers, my fellow AFWA members, to name just a few. I am also thankful for events that when they first happened, I considered them dreadful and very negative. As I am getting older, I realize that those events were the most important life changing events and changing for the best. My life is what it is today because of the challenges that I had to face and overcome. I am thankful for the most difficult times in my life as I would not be here writing to you without them. I would not be the successful CPA that I am today. I am thankful every day of my life, but during this month I am most aware of the goodness of life and I am happy to be able to share my thoughts with you today. 

A career in accounting and finance can take you in many different directions. You may work in public accounting as a tax preparer, auditor, or as a consultant. You may work for a small organization as Director of Finance, CFO, controller, or accounting manager. You may work for a larger corporation as financial analyst, financial investor, and lender. We may also be self-employed and have your own business. But it seems that whatever you do, you will find yourself in a position to have to stand up in front of others and make a presentation. I am not so sure that our education has prepared us and taught us the skills needed to perform a presentation efficiently while keeping the interest of the audience, and be comfortable doing it. Personally I found myself having to do presentation and I wished I was more prepared and had developed skills and tools to better perform when needed.

This month, we will all have a chance to learn and perfect our presentation skills with our speaker
Monika Miles, Miles Consulting Group. Monika is a member of our own chapter and she is past
President both at the local and National level. I am confident that I will be learning useful information
that will help me for my next presentation. I believe that public speaking remains the thing that people fear the most; they would rather eat dirt! I encourage you to attend our November meeting to learn how to develop your presentation talents and feel more comfortable next time you have to perform.

As always, I am looking forward to seeing all of you at our next membership meeting on November 25th, 2014 at the Biltmore Hotel & Suites in Santa Clara.

With my good wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.


Nicole Sheets

AFWA - Silicon Valley Chapter Secretary

Working For Yourself

Ever thought about working for yourself? There's the glamour of not having to report to anyone and being able to work whenever you want or where ever. Let's discuss the pros and cons of being self-employed. This could mean starting a business by yourself, or being a contractor for a business.

The most obvious pros are working by yourself and in your pajamas. If you work from home, you can save time on your commute and possibly save money by not needing to go out to lunch. Your dry cleaning bill will decrease, because you won't need to dress-up or where suits as much. If this business is a success, then that would be a great source of pride and accomplishment for you. If it's not so successful, you don't have to worry about being fired by anyone. When it comes to projects or clients, you get to pick who you work for, and what work you do. You are your own boss and can decide when you want to work.

Now let's discuss the cons. Working for yourself is really a way of life. You're not making money if
you're not working, and when you work is really determined by your clients and/or customers. They will most likely require you to work regular business hours during the day, so that they can contact you. Your clients could also determine your workload, and if your workload increases, you may have trouble finding anyone to assist you. Any work you do will come around from you personally looking for it or tracking it down. There won't be a marketing department to generate sales. By working by yourself, you don't have the comfort of a regular paycheck. You will also be responsible for reporting and paying your own taxes. Nobody will be paying the employer's share of the tax. You also won't be receiving any benefits, including vacation time or medical insurance. Hopefully you can be on someone else's insurance, or else you'll need to pay for this by yourself or go without medical. Finally, if the business is a failure this would be on your shoulders and could be a concern from the beginning.

This is not meant to discourage you from working for yourself, but to point out the pros and cons. The idea of being your own boss might be glamorous, but please make the choice with an open mind as to the whole picture.



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AFWA Silicon Valley members 
and guests attended October's membership meeting 
for the presentation 

"Financial Planning: 
The Triggers of Life" 

from special guest speaker 
Jane Louie of 
Mass Mutual Financial Group.


Jane Louie covered areas 
where we could take control 
and build our "financial home." 

She showed us how to start from 
a solid foundation of an emergency 
fund and a will and trust, 
to build with life insurance 
and disability insurance, 
retirement strategies, long-term 
care, and to top it off with asset allocation, additional insurance and investment strategies.



 AFWA Silicon Valley members and guests enjoyed learning how to 
grow, save, and protect our assets.

NOVEMBER NEWSAccountability

By Berranthia Brown, CMI, AFWA National President
November 12, 2014

In November, we spend time with family and friends, eat plentifully, and reminisce on all that we are thankful for during the year. This year, I am thankful for quite a bit. I'm thankful for my job, which allows me to serve in AFWA and grow professionally in my career.  From attending meetings to traveling to chapter visits or representing AFWA, my supervisor and colleagues have consistently supported me.


Having an opportunity to serve as your 2014-2015 AFWA National President has been an amazing experience. The National Board and Foundation Board members give so much of their time, talents, and gifts to this organization and I'm thankful for each and every one of them.  I would like to thank our Executive Director, Ericka Harney and our Headquarters staff, who give 110% each day for AFWA and continue to promote our organization in all that they do.  We thank you for an awesome conference this year in New Orleans and look forward to Pittsburgh!


In just a few weeks, I will have the opportunity to serve as the Delegation Leader on the People to People trip to Cuba, and I am thankful for this once in a lifetime trip! I'm looking forward to understanding more about the country and its people. Also, I'm very excited that two of our members will be joining me on this awesome cultural experience. There will be tons of stories and photos to share with you next month!


I am most thankful this year for my parents, family, and friends, many of whom were able to attend my installation service as AFWA National President.  My family, friends, and chapter members have truly been my rock throughout my AFWA journey.  It's amazing how many of my extended family and friends know so much about our organization and all of its wonderful members and the AFWA experience. I often hear "AFWA must be a great organization because you are always going somewhere and we can't wait to see the photos from the last trip!"


As you spend time with family and friends this Thanksgiving, reflect on the past year and all of your thankfulness, know that AFWA is thankful for your service and membership in our organization. You make a difference in AFWA and are so appreciated. The National board and the board of The Foundation  thank you for your continued support.


"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough" - Oprah Winfrey


Happy Thanksgiving!


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from Entreprenuer
by Kim Lachance Shandrow
November 3, 2014


You'd never know it, but Simon Sinek is naturally shy and doesn't like speaking to crowds. At parties, he says he hides alone in the corner or doesn't even show up in the first place. He prefers the latter. Yet,with some 22 million video views under his belt, the optimistic ethnographer also happens to be the third most-watched TED Talks presenter of all time.


Ironic for an introvert, isn't it? Sinek's unlikely success as both an inspirational speaker and a bestselling author isn't just dumb luck. It's also not being in the right place at the right time or knowing the right people. It's the result of fears faced and erased, trial and error and tireless practice, on and off stage.


We caught up with Sinek to pick his brain about how he learned to give such confident, captivating and meaningful presentations and how others can, too. 

Here are his top seven secrets for delivering speeches that inspire, inform and entertain. (For more helpful pointers on how to wow an audience, check out his free 30-minute class on Skillshare now. It's titled How to Present: Share Ideas That Inspire Action.)


1. Don't talk right away.

Sinek says you should never talk as you walk out on stage. "A lot of people start talking right away, and it's out of nerves," Sinek says. "That communicates a little bit of insecurity and fear."  

Instead, quietly walk out on stage. Then take a deep breath, find your place, wait a few seconds and begin. "I know it sounds long and tedious and it feels excruciatingly awkward when you do it," Sinek says, "but it shows the audience you're totally confident and in charge of the situation."

Related: Why Entrepreneurs Love Steve Jobs


2. Show up to give, not to take.

Often people give presentations to sell products or ideas, to get people to follow them on social media, buy their books or even just to like them. Sinek calls these kinds of speakers "takers," and he says audiences can see through these people right away. And, when they do, they disengage.

"We are highly social animals," says Sinek. "Even at a distance on stage, we can tell if you're a giver or a taker, and people are more likely to trust a giver -- a speaker that gives them value, that teaches them something new, that inspires them -- than a taker."


3. Make eye contact with audience members one by one.

Scanning and panning is your worst enemy, says Sinek. "While it looks like you're looking at everyone, it actually disconnects you from your audience."


It's much easier and effective, he says, if you directly look at specific audience members throughout your speech. If you can, give each person that you intently look at an entire sentence or thought, without breaking your gaze. When you finish a sentence, move on to another person and keep connecting with individual people until you're done speaking.


"It's like you're having a conversation with your audience," says Sinek. "You're not speaking at them, you're speaking with them."


This tactic not only creates a deeper connection with individuals but the entire audience can feel it.


4. Speak unusually slowly.

When you get nervous, it's not just your heart beat that quickens. You're words also tend to speed up. Luckily Sinek says audiences are more patient and forgiving then we know. "They want you to succeed up there, but the more you rush, the more you turn them off," he says. "If you just go quiet for a moment and take a long, deep breath, they'll wait for you. It's kind of amazing."

Sinek believes it's impossible to speak too slowly on stage. "It's incredible that you can stand on stage and speak so slowly that there are several seconds between each of your words and people... will... hang... on... your... every... word. It really works."


5. Ignore the naysayers.

Dismiss the people furrowing their brows, crossing their arms or shaking their heads "no." Instead, focus only on your supporters -- the people who are visibly engaged, enjoying your presentation and nodding "yes." If you find the audience members who are positively interacting with you, you'll be much more confident and relaxed than if you try to convince the naysayers.  


6. Turn nervousness into excitement.

Sinek learned this trick from watching the Olympics. A few years ago he noticed that reporters interviewing Olympic athletes before and after competing were all asking the same question. "Were you nervous?" And all of the athletes gave the same answer: "No, I was excited." These competitors were taking the body's signs of nervousness -- clammy hands, pounding heart and tense nerves -- and reinterpreting them as side effects of excitement and exhilaration.


When you're up on stage you will likely go through the same thing. That's when Sinek says you should say to yourself out loud, "I'm not nervous, I'm excited!" "When you do, it really has a miraculous impact in helping you change your attitude to what you're about to do," Sinek says.


7. Say thank you when you're done.

Applause is a gift, and when you receive a gift, it's only right to express how grateful you are for it. This is why Sinek always closes out his presentations with these two simple yet powerful words: thank you. "They gave you their time, and they're giving you their applause." Says Sinek. "That's a gift, and you have to be grateful."



from the Robert Half Blog
by Paul McDonald

I always look forward to the first week of every month. I'm not only anticipating the weeks ahead but also reflecting on the results of the past month. The monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is quite revealing. And I often get questions about what the data mean. Here's my take:


The October jobs report from BLS was solid. Employers added 214,000 jobs last month. Although this was slightly below what analysts had expected, it marks the ninth straight month jobs growth has exceeded 200,000. That's the longest such streak since 1994. The BLS also revised upward the figures for August and September, noting that 31,000 more jobs were created in those months than initially reported. The unemployment rate edged down to 5.8 percent, a six-year low.


The unemployment rate for college-educated professionals 25 years and older is much lower than the national rate (just 3.1 percent). The unemployment rate is also much lower for many positions in the accounting and finance, technology, and creative professions, among others.


So what can we take away from today's jobs report? The big message is that the market continues to be rock-solid for the best talent. A Robert Half staffing professional on the East Coast sums it up: "We lined up four interviews for one of our candidates over the course of two days. By the time the interviews were finished, all four companies had come back with offers."


My advice for hiring managers: Keep an eye on the clock and calendar, and don't waste time! There are only five full weeks until the end of year. Many firms are scrambling to hire before December 31 to avoid losing budget dollars and headcount. Speed and turnaround are critical for every hiring and management decision.


If you are a hiring manager, here are three things you can do now to make the most of your time:


1. Take care of current staff first
Before you focus on your end-of-year hiring, finalize your plan for raises and bonuses. Some firms offer them in January, others in December. Regardless of when you do it, don't be penny wise and pound foolish. The latest jobs report shows that your best people have too many choices in today's market - other companies are willing to offer top dollar for in-demand professionals. You will lose your talent if you don't pay them well, and you will spend lots of time and resources trying to find replacements. Get the approvals you need now on raises and bonuses so you can reward your staff appropriately, and you're not rushing at the last minute.


2. Make your hiring plan
As soon as you decide to open a search, figure out who will be involved in the hiring process, whenyou want someone in the seat and how you will entice the candidate to accept your offer over others they may receive. Arrange for candidates to meet all of the necessary decision makers at one time if possible. Use Skype, FaceTime and conference calls if not everyone can be in the same place at once. Also be flexible with the interview times. Early morning and evening interviews attract working job seekers and the most in-demand candidates.


3. Be ready to make a decision
Too many hiring managers are losing candidates because they are overthinking the process or waiting for the "perfect" candidate to come along. Focus on hiring people who have a strong work ethic, fit the most important requirements of the role and are eager to learn. Delaying your decision can mean settling for the second-best candidate, restarting the process from scratch or, worst of all, making abad hire. One word of caution: Don't skip any part of the hiring process - including additional interviews, reference checks or background checks, if necessary - just to move swiftly.


from Forbes
by Lisa Nicole Bell
October 28, 2014


Recent studies have revealed something that many savvy women have known all along: women are good for business. With so many women-run startups cropping up and more companies looking to create diverse boardrooms, women are proving to deliver tangible and intangible advantages. A recent analysis by Fortune revealed that Fortune 1000 companies with female CEOs earn higher stock market returns than those with male CEOs. 


In spite of the evidence that women are a tremendous asset to businesses, many women find themselves struggling to cement their roles as leaders while managing the social complexities of the workplace. I know first hand what it's like to watch a male peer effortlessly receive and keep the respect of a team while I invest a significant amount of time and energy building relationships and proving my capabilities.


The good news is that women continue to rise through the ranks to sit on boards, run companies and launch successful startups. With the right mindset and the proper approach to execution and leadership, women can rise to higher posts and endure less gender bias over time.


I tapped four of my favorite female executives to get their thoughts on the best approach to leading in the workplace as a woman. Here's what they had to say.

Invest Time Upfront in Finding the Right Hires

Following her successful launch and sale of her first startup, Stacey Ferreira, Co-Founder of AdMoar, is using her leadership skills to build a new disruptive company. As a leader in a male-dominated industry, her perspective centers on proper team building.

"I think that success in leading a team comes first and foremost from making the right hiring decisions. As a founder, one of the best ways you can spend your time is finding the right people to hire who will contribute to expanding the company vision, executing to make that vision happen and contribute to a positive company culture. If you invest the time upfront, find the right hires and onboard them effectively, then you won't run into many problems leading the team. Once you've found those people, giving them the responsibility and freedom to create and execute with regular check-ins works well for small-to-medium-sized companies."

Look for Complementary Skill Sets

Knowing where your blind spots are is one of the best way to properly fill in those areas before they become problematic.

"Be keenly aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and build your team to complement those things," says Sian Morson, founder and CEO of Kollective Mobile.


Communication Is Key

After working for mega personalities and brands such as Magic Johnson and Starbucks, Nikkole Denson-Randolph, VP of Special & Alternative Content for AMC, learned the most critical aspects of successfully leading teams.


"Be approachable. The more welcoming you are, the more communication you will have so there's much less confusion on your team and fewer unwelcome surprises. Don't be hesitant to deal with individuals as soon as a problem presents itself. Address it right away, be clear about what the issue is and most of all be constructive. Address the issue, and provide context or an example of how it should have been prepared/handled/etc., and the end result should benefit the both of you. Set an example. There should be consistency between your actions and what you're asking your team to do. Reward the right work ethic, and address actions that don't support the company values/philosophy. Encourage developmental growth.  Assign tough, but fair tasks, learn about their career goals and share as much relevant information as you can to support their growth." 



Put Your People Ahead of Yourself

She calls herself the Michael Bay of business and for good reason: Cindy Gallop, founder of IfWeRanTheWorld and Make Love, Not Porn, runs two game-changing startups and continues to blaze trails for women who want to launch and scale enterprises. "Hire the very best people you can find, give them an inspiring, compelling vision of what you want them to achieve for the business, free them up and empower them to achieve that vision any way they choose to using their own skills and talents, constantly demonstrate how much you value them (with words and deeds as well as compensation), and enable them to share in the profit they help to create. And always put your people ahead of yourself."


As you can see, having the right mix of people is a common thread, but it's also important to properly manage them. Beyond that, it's important to stay focused on the goals you've set for your team. Remember that every interaction doesn't have to be a battle. Sometimes being at odds with a team member means getting creative with how you approach influence and negotiation. Studying topics such as communication differences between men and women will also aid you as you adapt your style of leadership to various settings.




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PRESIDENT - ELECT - Eileen Perry
SECRETARY/WEB - Nicole Sheets 
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PROGRAM - Diane Ollila
MEMBERHSIP - Amrit Dhaliwal
SCHOLARSHIP - Susan Wright
NEWSLETTER - Edronda Guiriba 
HOSPITALITY - Jeanne Kourmako

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Chair: Diane Ollila

There is an excellent line-up of programs for the Silicon Valley Chapter this year, and most of them qualify for CPE!  Check out the line-up as we have engaged some dynamic and outstanding speakers.

Speaker: Monika Miles
Presentation: Public Speaking

Annual Holiday Party
Location: Nicole Letellier's home

Speaker: Kyle MacLeod
Presentation: Revenue Recognition

Chair: Amrit Dhaliwal


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Hospitality Chair: Jeanne Kourmako
CPE Chair: Marvel Khan

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Reservations or cancellations are requested by noon on the Friday preceding each meeting.  Email Jeanne to reserve or cancel. The goal is an accurate count for the hotel.  Unreserved members (not guests) incur a surcharge of $5.00.

Reserved members or guests who are no-shows will be billed if not cancelled by noon the preceding Friday. We do want you to come to the meetings and reservations are helpful but if you have to cancel let us know beforehand to avoid incurring the cost of the meal. WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARD PAYMENT AT THE DOOR.


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October 26th-28th, 2015


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Don't miss this opportunity to network with other women in accounting and finance from across the country. Join us in New Orleans and learn from leading experts on ways to develop a variety of your skills. The Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance Annual Conference will be loaded with opportunities for networking, leadership development, education - including CPE credit hours - and fun!


You should attend if you are...

  • Responsible for monitoring developments in accounting, taxation and finance
  • Responsible for the quality and profitability of your company or firm
  • Supervising and/or training accounting and finance staff
  • Interested in developing a network of outstanding professionals.
  • Ready to promote your company or product in today's marketplace
  • A beginner or veteran, with or without a degree, in private or public accounting, finance or academia

What will you learn at the Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance Annual Conference?

  • The latest technical developments in accounting, auditing, finance, tax, management, leadership, government and industry, including e-commerce, and budgeting and accounting software applications
  • Motivational strategies that work
  • Methods for effective management of people and the marketplace
  • Effective means of identifying and responding to economic problems
  • Valuable leadership techniques
  • Means for achieving effective communication
  • Professional contacts in a variety of industries

Need help convincing your organization to send you to our conference? Build your case and read our reasons why you should attend.


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